When it comes to being an Alzheimer’s caregiver, foresight is essentially non-existent. There are many things that seem obvious after you’ve gone through them with a loved one who has the disease, but that you’d never have considered, prior to experiencing them.
Even the world’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s don’t know everything there is to know about the disease. In fact, very little is certain when it comes to the ailment’s causes and underlying pathology.
Remember, your loved one is going through a similar ordeal, compounded by the confusion and other cognitive difficulties of this particular type of
dementia. It will not always be easy for them to articulate how the disease is affecting their mind, so they may need your help and encouragement
when speaking about their Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same thing
Dementia is the overarching term used to describe conditions that cause cognitive difficulties. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia.
- Memory loss is a normal part of aging
Occasional slips may become more common with age, but the severe memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s is not normal. Alzheimer’s is preventable with diet and exercise Healthy lifestyle habits are important for successful aging, but nothing has been shown to successfully prevent Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s only affects old people
Approximately five million Americans have Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD), which can occur in people in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
- There’s an “Alzheimer’s gene”
The APOE4 gene may increase EOAD risk, but it doesn’t guarantee a person will develop the disease.
- Coconut oil can cure Alzheimer’s
Individual reports of the benefits of coconut oil for people with Alzheimer’s exist, however, there is currently no cure for the disease.
- Brain puzzles can slow down Alzheimer’s
Puzzles may help keep a person’s mind active, but they can’t effectively prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.